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      Gov. Snyder directs Michigan State Police to provide assistance to frozen Marquette County

      Although the state has declined Marquette County's request for a state of emergency declaration, Governor Snyder has directed the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to provide assistance.

      "I'm pleased the state can be a helpful partner by working with Marquette County to locate the necessary resources it needs," said Governor Snyder. "I applaud the county's efforts and encourage local leaders and emergency personnel to continue their vigilance as conditions evolve and coordinate response measures with MSP EMHSD."

      Resources are expected to be made available to Marquette County using the Michigan Emergency Management Assistance Compact. MEMAC will help the county obtain equipment and personnel needed to solve the ongoing frozen pipe situation caused by the severe winter.

      The equipment and personnel are available from more than 350 communities statewide. The request for a state of emergency declaration was found to be unwarranted due to "no immediate threats to public health and safety," according to the Michigan State Police.

      The county's request focused on equipment and personnel commonly found within community public works departments, which prompted the use of MEMAC for obtaining the resources.

      According to officials, the MSP/EMHSD and Marquette County will continue to monitor the situation and act as conditions warrant.